Is Stephen Jones not feeling well ?
NZ ODI batting record achieved by Kane Williamson in this match.
With consecutive innings of 79* (v Afghanistan), 106* (v SA), and 148 (v WI) he scored 333 runs before being dismissed.
This beats the NZ record held by Chris Harris of 320 ODI runs before being dismissed, achieved over nine matches May 1997-January 1998 with consecutive scores of:
26*, 77*, 29*, 18*, 52*, 9*, 37*, 62*, 10
Chiefs: Damian McKenzie, Sean Wainui, Anton Lienert-Brown, Alex Nankivell, Sam McNicol, Aaron Cruden, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi; Pita Gus Sowakula, Sam Cane (c), Luke Jacobson, Mitchell Brown, Michael Allardice, Atu Moli, Bradley Slater, Aidan Ross.
Reserves: Samisoni Taukei'aho, Reuben O'Neill, Ross Geldenhuys, Naitoa Ah Kuoi, Mitchell Karpik, Lisati Milo-Harris, Kaleb Trask, Quinn Tupaea.
Magpies' Player of the Year awards last night:
Rookie of the Year:
Player of the Year:
Players' Player of the Year
(3-2-1 basis for each game by the players)
Holy hell, am sitting in a cafe in Havelock North, as I type this. In walks Mitchell Santner.
Just asked him how far away he is from playing and told me he is scheduled to play for ND in the Super Smash.
No, did not take a selfie with him or ask for his autograph.
If it was Kane Williamson you bet I would have.
Rugby broadcast deal worth $10m a year, after Raelene Castle rejected $125m offer
The tough financial reality for Rugby Australia is that their next broadcast deal is likely to be worth no more than $10m a year for its domestic competition.
All up, a deal could be valued at $20m adding in $10m for Test matches. If RA secures a broadcast deal like this, it is $15m a year less than the deal offered by Foxtel to the Raelene Castle-led administration last November.
Back then a five-year $US125m deal was tabled and RA walked away in the hope of starting a bidding war. It never materialised.
RA interim chief executive Rob Clarke is left dealing with a harsh economic reality that means inevitable change, cost-cutting across the board and agility when it comes to developing a new competition model.
Clarke told The Australian he is working towards presenting a competition model with some “new assets” — possibly a “State of Union” series (like State of Origin) and an Anzac Day Bledisloe Cup — which he is hoping will generate additional TV broadcast interest and value.
He said there are parties outside of Foxtel who are interested in the broadcast rights but would not disclose them.
“My job is to do the best deal for the game and it’s incumbent upon me to pursue all potential partnerships that could lead to the best outcome for the game,” Clarke said.
The TV ratings for Super Rugby AU have been paltry with 69,000 viewers tuning in to the NSW v Queensland season opener (but 95,000 inclusive of Kayo and Foxtel Now). When rugby was humming, a match like that could draw 175,000 sets of eyeballs on Foxtel. The 2011 Super Rugby final won by Queensland over the Crusaders broke records when it reached 518,000 on Foxtel.
Today, in an effort to revive the sport, there are three competition models being considered by RA management for season 2021 and beyond.
“In the COVID environment with the restrictions and challenges being presented to us, it is critical we explore all avenues for competition structures, because that will help to establish a solid and profitable foundation for the future,” Clarke said.
“To that end, we have looked at a potential dismantling of the entire Super Rugby structure and going back to first principles.
“We have looked at different iterations around a domestic competition with an international crossover element. We are looking at the trans-Tasman competition as a foundation for expansion into the Asian Pacific. And a number of other iterations that involve new directions.
“The determining factors are not necessarily straightforward, they are influenced by existing SANZAAR partnerships, potential broadcast revenue and the ability to ensure whatever we do builds towards a sustainable and successful Wallabies program.”
Clarke stressed that the Wallabies were the jewels in the crown for Australian rugby. He is also keen to explore the option of boosting club rugby, noting competitions such as the National Rugby Championship failed to spark the tribalism among fans.
“If you went back to first principles in an ideal world, you would build on existing brands … that have reach and deep history. You would be mad not to build on those,” he said.
“The learning through the NRC and the ARC before that, it’s difficult to build fan tribalism with concocted teams. It would be great to have a competition where we liberate the top club rugby teams in the country and bring them into a competition where we are getting the best of the amateur game on show.
“If we can create a financially stable model here, it doesn’t preclude us still doing the club model and elevating that at the same time as a new model for Super Rugby … It’s is not an either or, it’s an and, and to do that, we really need to bring significant investment in the game.”
Had to watch the Havelock Nth v Taradale game at Anderson Park, top of the table clash between the only unbeaten teams.
Taradale won comfortably 51-22, seven tries to four - Havelock's final try was scored by Shannan Chase in the final minute.
Taradale had the bigger forward pack and a bigger backline too. Namatahi Waa was loosehead, Joe Apikotoa was tighthead, Josh Eden-Whaitiri started at lock and finished blindside flanker. Caleb Makene was first-five and Ollie Sapsford was second-five. Sapsford looks like he has bulked up a bit to me and wasn't afraid to crash the ball up, he got through a couple of times.
Taradale forward pack was too good, scored one try with a rolling maul that went 20 metres from a lineout to the tryline, and another from a 5m scrum pushover.
Latrell Smiler-Ah Kiong played first five for Havelock and had a mixed game. Made one break to set up Havelock's first try but threw a couple of long cutout passes that went forward.
Heaps of people coming back to little ol' NZ shortly
Heaps of more Covid 19 coming, too?
@Bovidae Unless some sort of financial compensation package is put in place by the sponsors/TV companies/World Rugby.
I think you'll see ABs and Aus play each other four times in late September and October. Then travel north to play England & Wales & perhaps SA in the UK too after that.
Are we assuming quarantine restrictions won't be applying by then?
From July 14th travellers from 54 countries to England (including NZ and Aus) will face no quarantine restrictions. Wales will follow.
Spectators aren't yet allowed in stadiums, but the RFU are confident that by October/November stadiums will be partial open.
The ABs would have to face quarantine on their way back to NZ.
And if Uncle Winston has his way then NZR would have to foot the bill.
Hastings defeated Pirates 44-5, eight tries to one says it all.
Mason Emerson played centre for Hastings. Connor McLeod, varied his play well at halfback, made three or four good runs, did some good tactical kicking and passed well. His only drawback was his goalkicking. He converted the first two tries but then missed the next five, including one from straight in front of the posts which hit the left upright and rebounded back. Another kicker missed the last conversion.
Pouri Rakete-Stones played the whole game for Pirates and carried the ball up numerous times.
A mate of mine watched the Tamatea v Havelock match which Havelock won easily 73-20. He texted me that Tony Lamborn came on for the second half for Havelock and scored a try.